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  • Living with total hip and knee replacement: 7 statistics and thoughts about life after surgery

    Living with total hip and knee replacement: 7 statistics and thoughts about life after surgery

    Eric Oliver -  

    The incidence rate of total hip and total knee replacement surgeries have both been well documented in the United States, but the statistics on patient quality of life after the surgery are few and far between. 

    A 2014 study in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, quantified life for Americans living with artificial hips and artificial knees. Here is what you need to know.


    1. The number of Americans living with artificial knees was 4.7 million. The number with artificial hips was lower at 2.5 million. The impact of the 7.2 million was significant in terms of future care because of an increased need for ongoing patient care.


    2. Related studies show the incidence rate of THR and TKR surgeries is growing in the 65-year-old and younger population.


    3. Of total Americans, 0.8 percent are living with a THR and 1.5 percent are living with a TKR.


    4. More women are living with prosthetic hips and knees than men.


    5. Adults 50-years-old and older make up 2.3 percent of the THR recipients and 4.6 percent of the TKR recipients.


    6. California, Florida and Texas have the highest number of THR and TKR patients. Alaska and Hawaii have the lowest.


    7. After undergoing the surgery, patients put a continued strain on the healthcare system because of other medical issue, and continued surgical updating of their new joint.


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